Pastor James grew up in a military family and after graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and later served as a Special Agent with the Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID), where he investigated felony crimes and served on the protection detail for the Secretary of Defense and other dignitaries. He met and married the love of his life, Melissa and they have two amazing daughters, Elise and Avonlea. Pastor James is the author of a Christian book and Bible study curriculum called The Light Switch, written to equip Christians to win lost souls around them.
Pastor Frank and Corinna are from north central Minnesota. They have two grown children and two grandsons that live here in SD. Frank is a graduate of North Central University and is an ordained minister with the A/G. God opened many doors for the Haag's to come to Rapid City and they are excited and happy to be a part of what God is doing in and through Journey Church. Frank loves motorcycling, hunting, fishing and spending time with family.
Corinna loves spending her free time with her grandsons and serving in Women's and Children's Ministry. She works out of her home office as a Business Manager.
Pastor Frank and Corinna are excited to be part of the ministry team here at Journey Church.
Bill was born and raised in northern Minnesota. A graduate from the University of Minnesota in Electrical Engineering, work became the vehicle to bring him to South Dakota. First to the east side of the state, then a new challenge in Rapid City. Hearing God calling for him to go and to risk, Bill found the right doors open to come, and engage with God's body here at Journey church. Bill loves to fish, hunt, be outdoors, and spend time with family and friends.
Bill is engaged to his wonderful fiance Angelica; they are to be married spring 2020.
JJ was born and raised in the Rapid City area. After graduating from Rapid City Christian School, he attended Teen Mania's Honor Academy Internship in Garden Valley, Texas where he served in the Acquire the Fire/BattleCry call center and also with Global Expeditions as a call center rep as well as on the summer missions transportation team. After completing a year at the Honor Academy, JJ then went on to spend 5 months in YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Denver, during which he was able to spend a months and a half in Jordan on a missions trip. JJ moved back to South Dakota where he worked for many years at Mt. Rushmore in the cafe. In 2010 he enrolled in Black Hills Masters Commission where he met his future wife Hannah. After 2 years in the program he and Hannah both graduated and got married in 2012. JJ was part of the original Journey launch team in the fall of 2012, serving as the youth pastor. In 2016 JJ graduated from West Coast Bible College with a degree in Youth Ministry, a program he started attending online during Masters Commission.
JJ and Hannah currently live near Hill City with their son Gavin (born in 2019) and their dog Cali. They enjoy movies, board games, good coffee and delicious food.
Amy grew up in Davenport, Iowa. After finishing High School, she joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and served as a missionary for 25 years. She attened YWAM's University of the Nations and earned a Bachlors degree in Biblical Studies. During her time in YWAM, she traveled to over 30 countries ministering God's love and truth. She worked on staff with multiple Discipleship training schools, leading short term outreaches and served in the hospitality department. She was part of the leadership team in Salem, Oregon for 5 years, leading the community life department.
In 2015, Amy married her husband Jim and became a mom to Mitchell and Marissa. They moved to the Black Hills from Minnesota in 2017 and believes it was the best decision ever! Amy loves serving the Lord and enjoys seeing his goodness through her family and the beauty of the outdoors.
Christina has lived in Rapid City most of her life and was raised in a loving, Christian home with her sister. Christina and Brett were married in 2008 and have 3 children: Anamarie, Glenn, and Adley. Christina loves to play board games with her family every chance she can. She also enjoys riding the hills with her husband on his motorcycle or off roading as a family.
Christina holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Literacy Leadership. Christina has a passion for worship and has been a part of worship teams since middle school. Christina was the worship leader at Journey for several years until God led her family in another direction. While she was leading in Summerset, God laid it on Christina's heart to return to Journey and lead once again. Christina is very excited to see God move in and through Journey to impact our city.
Sharon Taylor grew up as the oldest of four siblings. She was born & raised in Spearfish, SD and grew up in a Christian home. She helped with children in her church's nursery & Wed. night meetings. As an adult, Sharon graduated from Black Hills State University with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and also served as an intern & staff member in a large children's ministry for four years. Sharon has a passion to see kids saved by Jesus, trained up knowing their heavenly Father, knowing their identity & authority in Christ, & helping kids share the Good News with others! Sharon is married to Jacob Taylor. They reside in Piedmont, SD and love attending Journey Church